43 F. average high on March 19.
36 F. high on March 19, 2014.
1.9" snow so far this month.
7.4" average snowfall for March in the Twin Cities, to date.
March 20, 1991: Early tornado hits Faribault county from Bricelyn to Wells
Now that our manic weather has morphed into ALL-or-NOTHING I no longer take "average" for granted. It seems like we're either in a flood or a drought. Temperatures are either excessively warm or brutally cold. How I long to be normal. My wife wishes I was normal too, I should point out.
Today comes news that 88.2 percent of Minnesota is in a moderate drought, up from 5.7 percent just one week ago. The official drought outlook (below) suggests a statistically significant risk this drought may persist and even intensify in the months to come. A drier, milder bias may spill over into the summer. I hope the (alleged) experts are wrong. Wait, there are no experts. Sorry.
And for the record this past winter was the warmest, worldwide, on record, topping 2007. It was the 19th warmest for the USA; record heat out west but colder for the eastern USA - one of the few chilly spots on the planet.
Snow slushes up Philadelphia and New York City today while the Twin Cities, the garden spot of the USA, brushes 60F.
ECMWF guidance shows a light rain-snow mix late Sunday; a little rain late Tuesday but not the soaking we need right now. Check out lake water levels. I hope this doesn't turn into a rerun of 2012.
- Globally, this has been the hottest winter on record, topping the previous record (2007) by 0.05°F.
- This was “the 19th warmest winter for the contiguous US.”
- Globally it’s easily been the hottest start to any year (January-February), beating the previous records (2002, 2007) by 0.07°F..."
Duluth Seeks New Federal Grant for Flood Victims. Fox 21 in Duluth has the story and video - here's an excerpt: "It's been three years since raging floodwaters tore through Duluth's streets and homes, leaving millions of dollars in damage behind. People are still struggling to fully rebuild. But now, the city is calling on those homeowners to help land a grant that could be between $1 million to $500 million..."
Image credit above: "The National Hurricane Center will issue prototype color-coded maps showing storm surge watch and warning areas during the 2015 hurricane season, which begins June 1."
More bullet points from the article (thanks to Hunter Cutting)
"California's agricultural interests use 80 percent of the available water in the state each year, even though they represent just 2 percent of California's economy."
"California's almond crop now consumes more water than all outdoor watering combined."
"At least 70 percent of the state's almond crop is now exported — much of it to China. In other words, we're essentially exporting our water to China."
"In the past decade, the number of almond orchards in the state has grown by roughly 50 percent — primarily because tree nuts are highly profitable for farmers."
Self-Driving Car To Cross U.S. From California to New York. Head for the hills! Gizmag reports.
TODAY: Mild with fading sun. Showers up north. Winds: W 10-15. High: near 60
FRIDAY NIGHT: Turning windy and colder. Low: 29
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and cooler. Temperatures closer to average. High: 43
SUNDAY: Chance of a rain/snow mix late. Wake-up: 30. High: near 40
MONDAY: A little early slush? Clouds linger. Wake-up: 28. High: 42
TUESDAY: Showers, first clap of thunder? Wake-up: 31. High: 51
WEDNESDAY: Unsettled, lingering showers. Wake-up: 37. High: 48
THURSDAY: Blue sky, cool breeze. Wake-up: 29. High: 44
Photo Illustration by Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast.
1. I want to remain optimistic, but not foolishly so -- for there is a fine line between optimism and wishful thinking, and wishful thinking will not protect our children.
2. I want to allow myself to get skillfully angry -- because the alternative is a quiet despair and inaction, or the kind of talk that tends to get one dismissed as "shrill" or worse..."